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30 Day T Shirt Challenge
Saturday, March 04 2017

"But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.

It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love,

And don't take yourself too seriously ,

take God seriously."

Micah 6:8

Facts About Human Trafficking

1.  There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.

2.  There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.

3.  Human trafficking not only involves sex and labor, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.

4.  Over 71% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies.

5.  Women and girls from racial minorities in the U.S. are disproportionately recruited by sex traffickers in the U.S.

6.  Human Trafficking is estimated to surpass the drug trade in less than five years.

7.  Human Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories.

8.  According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both in the United States and around the world.

9.  Researchers note that sex trafficking plays a major role in the spread of HIV.

10. An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.

11. Between the ages of 12 and 14 is the average age of entry into prostitution for girls

12. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.

13. There are approximately 200,000 children prostituted in the US.

14.  Between the ages of 11 and 13 is the average age of entry into prostitution for boys.

15.  According to the U.S. State Department, every year between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders.  Half of these are children and 80 percent are female.

16.  Between 15,000 and 18,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

17.  Human Trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and is carried out for a variety of purposes.  Females typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry.  Males are generally trapped in forced labor.

18. UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.

19. Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex.

20. Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thialand, Turkey, and the U.S. are all ranked very high as destination countries of trafficked victims.

21. According to United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over the past 30 years, over 30 million children have been sexually exploited through human trafficking.

22. Sex traffickers often recruit children because not only are children more unsuspecting and vulnerable than adults, but there is also a high market demand for young victims.

23. Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use and shame.

24.  In 54% of human trafficking cases, the reruiter is a stranger.

25. Fifty-two percent of human trafficking recruiters are men.

26.   Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that is fueled by poverty and gender discrimination.

27. Human traffickers often work with corrupt government officials to obtain travel documents and seize passports.

28. Many times, if a sex slave is arrested, she is imprisoned while her trafficker is able to buy his way out of trouble.

29. Airports are often used by human traffickers to hold “slave auctions”, where woman and children are sold into prostitution.

30.   Global warming and severe natural disasters have left millions homeless and impoverished, which has created desperate people easily exploited by human traffickers.


Encounters While Sharing Our Story

Today I would like to raise awareness about a  wonderful place here in Trenton, NJ called Anchor HouseAnchor House gives refuge to homeless youth and young adults.  They are open 7/24 365 days a year.  Their mission is to work with abused, homeless, runaway, at risk and aging out youth to utilize their strengths and the support of their families and communties in order to ensure a stronger future.  Blessings, Debi

I was asked if human trafficking was happening here in USA. The lady couldn't believe it. Church members thought I should share something with the congregation.  Gerry

Yesterday my shirt went to church where it got lots of questions and the joke will it be wash during the 30 days. Then my shirt went to Boscov in Woodbridge Center where two people read it but asks no questions. We then travel to Costco and no one seemed to notice the shirt. The same thing happened at Sam's Club even though I interacted with several people. But for some reason when the shirt went to Walmart, three people asked about the shirt and the shirt was there very briefly compared to Boscov Costco and Sam's Club. The folks at Walmart were unaware about human trafficking.  Ralph

I wore my shirt to a church that is not a part of the Diocese of New Jersey.  A parishioner asked me about it and I told her that I was spreading awareness about human trafficking.  We then enegaged in a conversation about human trafficking within the United States, I told her about Becca Stevenson and Thistle Farms.  She was incredibly impressed by what the youth and young adults in The Diocese of New Jersey are focusing their time and energy on.  Kate

I wore my shirt to a youth group bowling event the other night and I was asked multiple times about my shirt. The youth could not believe that human trafficking was happening in the U.S. and has happened in all 50 states. I think the message really hit home for those that asked. - Thomas 

What they have told me is:  I give you respect for doing this."Do you really will wear it for 30 day or you will just skip days" "Wow I did not realized it was that much " Blessings❤️ Sharisma

I was in line at a store  and the cashier, waiting on a customer two ahead of me in line kept looking at my shirt.  When it was my turn, she still kept looking.  Finally, after she bagged my items she said, “OK, I wasn’t going to ask, but why are you wearing that shirt for 30 days.”  I told her as the four people behind me all paid attention.  One of the gentlemen behind me said, I read the back and I like that scripture verse and he thanked me!  They all smiled.  Mary Ann

I've been stuck on one conversation I had with someone at work. They asked me about the shirt and we started discussing human trafficking and I went over some of the stats. They asked me why I was wearing it and the purpose, so I told them that we were wearing it to raise awareness about human trafficking since it's an issue that is still happening today...besides being surprised it happens in our area, they were even more surprised that we as a part of the church were doing that. It was hard for me to answer their question of why God would allow that to happen especially since there are so many children involved in it. I told them about free will and that God doesn't necessarily "allow" it to happen, but as Christians, our job is to take a stand and spread awareness.  Johanna

I was at school and in the library, when a teacher approached me and said "I hate to be that person, but what's with the shirt?" I replied with "I'm glad you asked," and continued to educate her on the human trafficking issue going on today. Other kids and teachers came over and listened in too, and one even asked if they could join in! I got my picture taken for the yearbook, and in return had a few students ask if we could do something like this at school. They were all shocked that stuff like this happens so close to home, but were grateful for the information they received.  Morgan

When I  had class I wore the shirt and all my classmates were so impressed with what we are doing .  I got a little emotional when I was telling them the statistics. My professor said that it was amazing and it was a great idea. Dominic

My  classmates now know my dedication as I'm now getting, "Are you still wearing that shirt". "LOL but have been asked by people at the train station, visitibg preachers, professors and my classmates.  I've gotten high fives, to expressions of :That's awesome!"  To a gentleman who stood up and gave me his seat on the subway.  The Dean however teased, holding his nose and asked if I has washed itt by mow, while acknowledging that he had see our Bishop with the shirt and said what a great idea.  Allison

I have found that most of the people who ask are people I who already have a relationship with: parishioners, other local clergy, professionals I meet with, etc.  But in a restaurants, or at my most recent visit to Christmas Tree Shops, no interest.  Those who do ask thank me and the Youth Council  for this project and often share their thoughts as well.  Debbie

I was at the airport and this beautiful older lady came to me and asked "I'm wondering why you are wearing that T-Shirt for so long".  All the prople around me turned and waited for my reply.  Then when I was getting off the airplane a woman asked and I told her.  She said but you are washing it right?  Sharisma

I went to costco and had several people stopping me they all said it was great what we are doing.  Mary

When I went to school one day, someone came up to me and asked why I was wearing my shirt for 30 days in a row with a smile on his face.  I explained to him that I was spreading awareness for human trafficking until he frowned and interrupted me saying that a shirt wouldn't do anything to solve this issue compared to "actually doing something".  Calmly, I explained to him that it would be difficult for people to take a stand if they don't know how severe the issue is, considering that I talked to people who didn't know what human trafficking even was.  After my explanation, he respected what I was doing for the issue.  In contrast to that encounter. the school nurse immediately asked me and I responded with the same answer as before, and she told  me that what I was doing was a great way to educate people and get the message across. She thanked me and told me to keep making the world a better place which still encourages me to speak out about this.  Ashley

So I'm on day 24 of wearing my shirt and have only been asked once why I was wearing it. I was with another shirt wearer who answered the question and provided some of the stats. I must say their shocked faces is the face I make everyday I read a new statistic.  It's unbelievable and really sad that these things are happening all around us.  Sarah

A lot of what I heard was, "you have been wearing that shirt everyday" from my class mates or other people that I see on a weekly basis. One person in my English class asked me why I was wearing it every day and I told them about our plans and informed them of some of the statistics. This person was overwhelmed by "Over 71% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies." Wearing this shirt daily made me feel uncomfortable which made me realize how uncomfortable it must feel to be trafficked. Tyler

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